Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New on the Shelf : Mayflower Families' Richard Warren, 2nd Edition

Your research checklist for America's earliest generations should definitely include the ongoing set Mayflower Families Through Five Generations published by the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

The Van Buren District Library is on a subscription list for any new editions to the set (currently 32 volumes), and most recently we received the Second Edition of Volume 18 Part II for the family of  pilgrim Richard Warren.  This updated volume, with an additional 51 pages, identifies descendants of Richard's daughters:  Mary (married Bartlett), Anna (married Little), Sarah, and Elizabeth (married Church).  According to the forward:

The book has been updated stylistically, and new information added where possible to the fifth generation.  Information on sixth-generation daughters' marriages has been added whenever possible in cases where a surname was already provided in a parent's will or by a land record.  Occasionally a reference in a record to grandchildren or other relatives raised a question about identity for which the editors have sought to provide answers.  Other than that, no attempt has been made to develop the sixth generation in this volume.

All volumes are meticulously sourced and completely indexed, meeting the highest genealogical lineage standards.  Anyone with ancestry stemming back to 17th century America should consult Mayflower Families even if you don't have a pilgrim...and who knows, you might.  The entire set may be viewed in the Local History Collection.

Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Update

After the December 27 post regarding the online deterioration of the Social Security Death Index (SSDI), one of our readers brought it to our attention that in addition to Family Search, another place to use the database is Genealogy BankAlthough another subscription site, Genealogy Bank currently offers free search of the SSDI, similar as Ancestry.com used to do and no longer does.  However, enjoy it now as it is possible that this too will disappear as this situation evolves.

Nameless Picture of the Day
 unknown woman
Photographer - Arthur C. Swain, Constantine

Can you identify the young woman in this cabinet card?  Do you have knowledge of the photographer? Please contact us if you any information and we will publish it in a future blog.  Please include the photo's catalog number with your e-mail.